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    Re: Oxalic acid dribble or drizzle for Packages

    Dan,

    I have not measured it out. The dribble method calls for about 5 mls per "seam" of bees or roughly 35 mls per colony. Misting a package is less than that. Keep in mind it is just a misting...
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    Re: Oxalic acid dribble or drizzle for Packages

    For me, the easiest way is to mix up the 1:1 sugar solution and then add 3.5 grams of oxalic crystals per 100mls of the 1:1 sugar solution(This gets you pretty close to the 3.5% oxalic solution). ...
  3. Thread: Beemax Nucs

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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    Glad to see all of the setups and configurations. Use what you have or what is affordable in your area... The key for these smaller units seems to be taking the edge off from the extreme cold so...
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    Re: Organic Based Bee Food

    drlonzo and Fusion power,

    Thanks for the insight it is greatly appreciated!

    I am headed out the door to the Indiana Beekeepers meeting, maybe I will see some of you there!
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    Re: Organic Based Bee Food

    Mbeck,

    I am not trying to be secretive, but I cannot share the ingredients. It is a sound formulation, but based on organic ingredients for those that prefer such a diet.

    drlonzo,

    In...
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    Re: Organic Based Bee Food

    drlonzo,

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I am not sure a beekeeper can gain organic certification in most areas of the US. This sub would not meet organic certification. 90%+ of the...
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    Re: Organic Based Bee Food

    Thanks beepro. Absolutely, we test new formulations, materials each year!

    The color is accidental. It is simply from the ingredients used to meet the nutritional profile. The formulation is...
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    Organic Based Bee Food

    So I posted this while back in the general bee forum and didn't get many takers but did get some good ideas for guacamole and chips. :) Beekeepers have asked if I would consider offering an organic...
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    Re: Saline solution for II

    The pH does matter, but I am not certain how much. Some formulations range from just about neutral to just slightly basic. With such a simple solution, you could always mix your own using distilled...
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    Re: Saline solution for II

    Astro,

    Perhaps the simplest recipe is listed below. The antibiotic is not absolutely essential especially if using in a short period.


    100 ml distilled H20
    1 g sodium chloride
    0.25 g...
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    Re: Saline solution for II

    It should work, but the only way to know for sure is to test it out. The pH in your solution is a little low as is the osmolarity, but that should not be a big deal considering you are simply using...
  12. Thread: Beemax Nucs

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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    The styrofoam may be soft enough for mice to chew, but the way the entrance hole is set up they run right into the end bars. There is enough room for bees to come and go, but I have not had mice get...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    I now use an inside frame feeder or a jar through the lid. Pouring on the bottom worked well enough, but was not the best option in my area with SHB.

    I thought that too with the mice, but not an...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    You are welcome. The biggest change I have made to using them is to make them screened bottoms. I cut a section out of the bottom for two reasons. One, so I can cut a piece of #8 mesh to drop in...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    It is not just the nucs, but they are a great asset. I now run them as two story units and looks like single digit losses again this winter. Wish I could say the same for the wooden nucs I winter....
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    Re: Frames for mini-nucs; wild hair idea?

    Sorry Philip, but you are late by many, many decades. There were reports of "folding" or "hinged" frames as you describe dating way back. Works well though. As a kid I used masking tape to join...
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    Re: Temperatures at night for queen rearing

    It is not ideal. In my area the cooler night time temps can be a challenge, especially if the bees are pulling into a cluster. A well stocked box helps, with entrance reduced. Make sure they have...
  18. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    Whoa, I think this is pretty speculative. I do not have any first hand experience with this project, but there are/were some large outfits and respected queen producers involved with it. Perhaps...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Ian,

    No disrespect written or implied. :) I admire your approach. Speaking for myself, when I think I have the system figured out, I start to worry. No two seasons are alike, but I think that...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Glad you found what you were looking for and you took the words right off of my keyboard. What conclusions have you drawn and how will this affect your management style? I think this is part of why...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    So true, so true :) I have had this conversation with queen producers wanting to ship into Canada and I think most know what it takes to get mite levels below 1%. Which is worse, the disease or the...
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    Re: Taylor Queens

    Sometimes it is a matter of choosing the lesser of all evils...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    When I last checked, shipping from Canada into the US required a provincial apiarist inspection within about 10 days of shipment and notify APHIS of the incoming shipment as to the port of entry,...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    All very interesting, so what do you do? I dunno... :)

    On a side note, my interest in this area comes from a genetic and nutrition standpoint. A few years ago, I tried to get things worked out...
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Jean-Marc,

    Yes, dating back to the early 1900's, infected combs were identified as perhaps the major source of reinfection, followed by water sources as you describe.

    Ian,

    Look at it as...
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